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Wild Turkey quietly joins the funeral processions at Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) is a well-known place where many honorable people are buried for a long time. it is a beautiful place but many people don’t know that the cemetery is also home to an abundance of wildlife. Within the 639 acres in ANC wildlife is populous. This wildlife population includes deer, squirrels, chipmunks, coyotes, foxes, snakes, and birds including wild turkeys.

Recently one of the wild turkeys has taken up a new hobby. Now she joins in funeral processions.

This particular turkey has a variety of activities she loves to do around the cemetery such as visiting the tomb of the unknown and lounging in the sun across the grounds. Her new favorite thing is following funeral processions as they pay their respects to the dead. Wanting to be polite the turkey takes up the rear and quietly follows the procession. She never disrupts the ceremony and simply joins in quietly instead. Her presence is always a lovely surprise for those who gathered there.

This is not the first time a turkey has tried to get involved in the going on at the cemetery. A few months ago, another turkey was seen hanging out next to a guard as he walked by completely unfazed. These turkeys are never trying to bother anyone, they just like being involved.

These turkeys will continue to join in and bring joy to everyone who’s watching. She just wants to be considerate, and hopefully, everyone else will honor her in return. ANC asks everyone that if you spot any wildlife within ANC be respectful of them and their space because this is their home!


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